• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Medical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Juliey Beckman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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The course will comprise an introduction to aspects of human biology with an emphasis on the interaction of organ systems such as nervous, circulatory, digestive and endocrine with some of the major concerns of our lives including topic such as growth, reproduction, and disease. The program assumes no previous qualifications in biology. Topics discussed may include: sex and reproduction, infection and immunity, use of energy and other bodily functions. This course is an excellent one for students interested in medical sciences and intending to pursue later courses in physiology, neuroscience and immunology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Discuss human reproductive physiology;
  2. Discuss the energy, regulatory and structural requirements for successful bodily functions;
  3. Discuss the processes of infection and immunity;
  4. Identify, evaluate and integrate information about human biology;
  5. Appreciate an ethical perspective in understanding advances in human biology.

Other Information

Students who intend to continue studies in biochemistry and molecular biology in second and third year should do CHEM1101 and CHEM1201, as they are prerequisites for many later year courses offered by the Research School of Biology.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Reports and assignments (50%; LO 1-5)
  • 2 x Written exams, at mid term and end of semester (50%; LO 1-4)

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Three lectures per week and 8 x 3-hour laboratory and/or workshop sessions.

Prescribed Texts

Please note that there is no prescribed text for this course, but it is advised that students access relevant reading material in a first year level text book as they progress through the course.  For those who are doing more than one first year course in Biology you will find Campbellā€™s Biology, Reece et al., latest Edition (Australian Version) useful.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3275 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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